On Saturday, August 31, members of the community gathered at Fort Wootten to honor the achievements of local Eagle Scout David Hadaway. Hadaway, a senior at Hoehne, explained he is proud of the experience he has gained being a part of Troop 269, which also happens to be the oldest Boy Scout troop in Colorado.
“I started scouts when I was six as a Cub Scout. When I was 11, I transferred over to Boy Scout Troop 269,” said Hadaway, “up until I received my Eagle on July 25 of this year.”
During the Court of Honor, Hadaway was recognized for his many achievements as a scout including seven recognition awards, six offices held, and 26 merit badges. He also expressed his thankfulness to those who helped make the event happen.
“I’m very appreciative that Fort Wootten opened their doors for us and allowed us to have this event in their banquet hall,” said Hadaway.
Being a Scout was a positive experience for Hadaway who said there has been a great deal of lessons learned during his time in Troop 269.
“It’s opened up a lot of doors [for opportunities] I wouldn’t have gotten to do otherwise,” Hadaway continued. “Probably the most important thing I’ve learned is first aid. Most of the first aid experience I’ve had is for backcountry, where there aren’t a lot of resources. Because of scouting it got me interested in medical care and now I’m taking an EMR program out at Hoehne.”
Hadaway also learned where his passions and talents lie through his experience with the Scouts.
“I’m going to be attending college for metallurgical engineering,” Hadaway said. “I learned that I love working with my hands so scouting has taught me hard work that can help others and help myself. I’ve talked with people who are Eagle Scouts who’ve graduated and told me they’ve gone on and gotten jobs specifically because they were an Eagle Scout.”
Although he will be leaving after high school to attend college, Hadaway remarks he still wants to help how he can.
“Even though I’m going to be out of the troop, I’d really like it to stay alive,” said Hadaway. “I’ll be going off to college soon, but while I’m in this area I’ll definitely be checking in on the troop and helping however I can and once I go to college, I’m planning on finding a troop there to help with as well.”
In the world of Boy Scouts, only about six percent of Scouts actually make it to the level of Eagle Scout, which is a testament to the achievement of Hadaway’s honor, and he would like to see more push through along with more involvement.
“Scouting really has fallen off,” said Hadaway. “There are currently five Scouts here and they’re really pushing to keep it alive. We have a Cub Scout pack going right now but it’s kind of struggling because they can’t find someone to step up as a leader.”
With many sSouts moving up in rank or graduating and moving off to college, many involved in Troop 269 would like to see more individuals get involved. The Troop meets at 7 p.m. on Tuesday nights in the basement of Holy Trinity Catholic Church.
“We’re always happy to have visitors,” said Hadaway.